August 8, 2006.
So, my last post was all about "finding the time" and how I was able to multi-task OH SO well. Look at me I am so organized and together.....acknowledging it was the worst thing. Now look at me, I am behind on everything!
Well, truth be told we did go on vacation for a week to Mexico, with my children. There was a little, um, melt-down, cold sweats, going through with drawl around last Wednesday from being away from the office. My husband quickly found a cold margarita and some chips and salsa to drown out my sorrows.
So, being away from the business sure puts work in perspective, oh not for me - for everyone else I work with that was still working last week. I did not expect this - but, leaving for a week forces everyone that is picking up after you to REALLY understand the business. When they have to actually DO what you DO.
Talking is great, email is great, big slides, wipe boards, waving your arms around (pst... crying helps too). However, walking a mile in my shoes when I can not be reached - teaches you quite a bit. And don't get me wrong I was not looking for sympathy for how hard it is to run a business. It is just that I tend to get a lot and I mean A LOT of suggestions from people I work with and even those that I don't.
Bottom line we did come up with some great solutions, some easy ways to do things. We have put the 'finding an office person' on the fast track before the holidays hit. Shipping and gift wrap have been re-organized, printing has been improved, scheduling, etc. I have been given lists of 'ways' to improve, everyone seems to be buzzing about what we need to do now.
Now who wants to clean the toilet this week?